The second day of the 2017 National Yearling Sale proved to be very much a case of a buyers market.
The average price dropped dramatically from just over R350 000 on the first session to R295 755, and no fewer than 27 passed through the ring unsold. However, the average price on day two was up on that of the 2016 sale -with the 2017 average rising from R222 621 to R295 755.
Proven and established stallions remained the flavour of the day, with a daughter of former champion sire Captain Al topping proceedings on day two.
Consigned by Varsfontein Stud, the filly named Captain’s Choice came up late in proceedings, being lot 330 (the session ended on lot 340).
Captain’s Choice was knocked down to Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock, who had also purchased the sales’ topping Matador Step the previous day. Malherbe splashed out R1.8 million to acquire the well bred filly, whose other notable relatives include G1 winner Royal Fantasy, herself dam of promising current performer Simply Royal.
The session topping filly is out of the placed Caesour mare Castle Pine -a half-sister to recently deceased Oaks winner Carolina Cherry, herself the dam of Equus Champion and Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top.
Captain’s Choice was one of four lots to fetch R1 million plus on Thursday, with the second top lot being an unnamed Fort Wood colt out of Oasis Dream’s millionaire and G2 winning daughter Welwitschia. Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, he too was knocked down to Form Bloodstock, with Welwitschia’s son fetching R1 600 000.
A full list of prices for the first two days of the 2017 National Yearling Sale can now be viewed online.
The final day of the National Sale is due to get underway at 11:am tomorrow morning, when once again live stream will be accessible on the website.